Inspirational Dedication: Daniel Keatings
Working for 20 years to achieve 90 seconds of perfection is something that’s hard for most of us to imagine, but for artistic gymnast Daniel Keatings it’s his entire life. Hard work, persistence and determination are part and parcel of his day-to-day life and it’s only through doing more that he is able to aim for gold this summer.
In his film, specially created as Strathmore looks forward to July 2014, Daniel explains that “I’ve got my ultimate dream… that’s what makes me push through the pain and go into the gym on days when I feel like I can’t do anything”.
To get to his incredibly high standard requires thousands of hours of practice, repeating the same rotations tens of thousands of times, and making personal sacrifices too – he confesses he only has time to see his girlfriend twice a week.
All that hard work has paid off, however. Daniel has represented Scotland at major championships since 2006 when he made his debut at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
He was the first British gymnast to win a medal in the All-Around event at the Artistic World Championships in 2009, and won Great Britain’s first ever Senior European Championship Gold medal in 2010.
Although he missed London 2012 through injury, he’s raring to go this summer. “Being a proud Scotsman, I’m so excited to compete in my home country. I’ve got one silver medal at the World Championships, and I’m hoping to go one better.”
We can’t all be medal winning gymnasts but when we see Daniel in action and think about the dedication he’s shown, it’s easy to be inspired to do just a little more in our day to day routines.